1984 Chris Halsall, rail enthusiast and owner of Brookside Garden Centre, built a simple ‘out & back’ 5 inch gauge railway at the site.


Due to increased public demand, the railway was re-gauged to 7¼ inches.

The track was extended to run around the old open-air swimming pool. A station shop and ticket office were built, with platforms and a canopy.


The track was extended to form a continuous circuit.

A tunnel had to be built under the road and a 60’ long cutting had to be dug out. The track climbs a very steep gradient of 1 in 36.


A further extension was made over the river and into the old overflow car park. On special days a fairground operates in the middle of this track loop.


Klondyke Strikes purchased the garden centre, with Chris Halsall continuing to run the railway for them.


In June the station area and a lot of the railway (and most of Poynton!) was flooded by the Norbury Brook bursting it's banks.


The A555 improvements resulted in a revised trackbed and another new tunnel under the road.


Chris Halsall left the site in the Autumn.

Timpdon Miniature Railway Co. Ltd, a company formed from local enthusiasts, took over running the railway in December.

So began a long process of trying to restore the railway.

1989 - The turntable at the station is constructed

A second bridge is built on the station approach

Up at the top, near the engine sheds

Near the conservatory sales area

Coming down from the pool loop

Building the Station shop

Changed beyond all recognition

This hasn't really changed too much

There were some lovely loco's.

The old logo.

The station contained a vast collection of railwayana

Signs from all over the country

The Great Flood of 2016

Brookside Garden Centre, London Road North, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 1BY
07818 070 723 - brooksidemr@btinternet.com

www. brooksideminiaturerailway.com